Many people have been asking me how much weight I’ve lost since December 2018. Truth is, I’ve never been great at measuring my weight. I have been known to say I lost a pound, or two, or three (okay, so that was a lie). I always felt that the mirror wasn’t truly a reflection of my body, and that the number on the scales didn’t tell the whole story.
In the last year I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and making healthy changes to my diet and lifestyle. I have a new-found love for veggies and am excited to share my tips and tricks for weight loss with you. So here we go, the full skinny on how much weight you can lose in 30 days.
The Number You Need to Focus On
When you’re losing weight, your main goal should be to shed the extra pounds and return to your original weight. There’s no reason to lose weight for physicality, appearance, or lifestyle. The number you should focus on is the one on the scale (hopefully that’s going up!).
Now, just because the number on the scales goes down, it doesn’t mean you’re doing great. Just because you’re not gaining weight doesn’t mean you’re avoiding malnutrition. Remember, your body needs fuel to function properly. If you’re not consuming enough calories, you’re going to lose weight (and it could be a lot). It’s also important to stay hydrated, so ensure you’re drinking enough water each day.
Eat What You Want, When You Want It
Let’s face it, we’re all busy. Life gets in the way of our nutrition planning and we find ourselves eating what’s on sale or what we crave regardless of whether those items are healthy or not. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past year, it’s this: You can’t lose weight by depriving yourself of the foods you love. You have to learn to say no to the things that aren’t good for you and instead focus on the healthy food you should be eating.
What’s important is to understand what foods are good for you and which ones you should avoid. Many people think that sugar is poison and that eating too much of it will cause them to gain weight. However, sugar is an important part of a healthy diet, especially because it provides your body with nutrients. You should be limiting your sugar intake to no more than 25 grams per day (1 slice of cake or dessert, or 15 grams from a can, juice, or pop), and make sure you’re aware of the sugar content of the food you consume.
Use Technology Wisely
With the evolution of technology, we’re no longer restricted to seeing the numbers on the scales. There are so many apps and trackers for smartphones that help you keep track of how you’re doing and provide useful insights into your nutrition plan. For example, MyFitnessPal and LoseIt provide you with an overall wellness score that evaluates how you’re doing in all areas of your life (physically, mentally, and spiritually).
These apps make keeping track of your calories easy and convenient, and they can help you identify areas of improvement and track your progress.
Take Your Time
Remember, losing weight isn’t easy. It’s a constant battle against the things that are causing you to gain weight in the first place. If you want to successfully lose weight, you have to understand that it’s going to take time. You’re not going to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks and then be able to keep it off – not even close. It takes serious commitment and self-reflection to lose weight and keep it off. If you’re not willing to make the necessary changes to achieve your goals, then you shouldn’t expect to see sudden results.
We all want to lose weight quickly and easily so that we can feel better about ourselves and our bodies. Believe it or not, that’s what makes us weaker. If you want to lose weight, take your time and don’t be afraid to focus on real, sustainable change. The results will come – you just have to be patient.
Do you have a weight loss goal? How much weight do you want to lose in 30 days?